Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jonah rolls over!

I am also posting a video of Jonah rolling over. He finally decided it was time to roll over and I caught it on video : ) I posted it on facebook too, but I realize that some of you who read my blog do not have facebook, so you can watch the video here instead. ENJOY!

Ah... I almost forgot. Two other pictures I am going to post.. One is of Jonah in his crib. We found him like this the other moring. It was the first time he had really moved around much in his sleep. I'm sure it will probably be the first of many times that we will find him sleeping in a position that we did not leave him in. I am also posting a picture of Jonah's cousins on the Probst side, as requested by my Dad. They are all so cute and we just love the times we get to spend with them.

Elizabeth, Addison, Jonah and Maxwell

Oatmeal cereal anyone?

So, I have attempted to introduce oatmeal cereal to Jonah. Let me tell you, he does not like it. He will let me put the spoonful of cereal in his mouth, but then he makes a weird face and spits it back out. His facial expressions have been a good source of entertainment at least! So, here are a few pictures of the first time I fed Jonah the oatmeal cereal. We'll keep trying it, I'm sure he'll eventually take some one of these days.

Crazy NYC weather

Well, this will have to be a shorter post because I actually have quite a bit to get done today! : ) We are having our small group over for dinner tonight. Yes, we somehow fit 6 other adults and one other child in this apartment for dinner and discussion... not sure how we all fit, but we do! I am making Japanese Curry tonight, which the group seems to like. After dinner, we are possibly going to go around the corner (literally, the Baskin Robins is on our block) to Baskin Robins to get ice cream.... Its 31cent/scoop night. What a deal!

Anyways, Jonah and I have already been out for a run on the East River path this morning, which was really nice. The weather was beautiful and the jog with Jonah was great, due to having a great jogging stroller... the BOB Revolution! The weather was about 30 degrees cooler than it was yesterday. The high yesterday was 90 and the high today was 60. I'll take the 60 degrees though... it felt wonderful. I am going to post a few pictures of Jonah from our stroll out yesterday. He was wearing his sun-hat and was awfully cute!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pennsylvania trip

We had a nice trip to Meadville, PA despite the somber circumstances. We left on Monday evening after Mark got off work and we drove part of the way that night. We drove the remaining 2-3 hours on Tuesday morning. Mark's parents and extended family were waiting for us to arrive at Mark's Grandmother's house (where everyone was congregating before the funeral services). Mark's parents were able to meet their grandson for the first time. Since they live in Tokyo, Japan they were not able to come visit when Jonah was born back in December. It was an exciting moment to get to introduce Jonah to them in person for the first time. It was nice to be with Mark's entire family. We had a great time visiting with his uncles, cousins, sisters and all the family that was there. We don't get to see them very often, so although the circumstances to bring us together were not the most cheerful, we had a nice time. Its too bad that it takes a funeral to make us take a break from our busy lives and spend time with family. I wish it wasn't this way. (I've posted a couple of pictures of the family and of Jonah's first meeting with his grandparents.)

Grandma Probst's visitation, funeral, and burial service went well. It really was a celebration of her life. The central theme for all the services was that Lorraine LOVED Jesus. It was inspiring and I hope that it is something that will one day be said of me at my funeral.

We arrived back in NYC on Thursday evening. We had the rental car for the week, so we had to find a place on the street to park it. Luckily, we were able to find a place on our street! Our street has the 'No Parking' for an hour and a half on Fridays in case the street cleaner car chooses to come. SO, on Friday morning from 11-12:30 Jonah and I had to go sit in the car just in case the street cleaner car decided to come. (In order to avoid getting another parking ticket.) Well, I fed Jonah a bottle in the car, played with him, read him a book.... then the street cleaner car came! I jumped up in the front seat, moved the car over to the right side of the road (its a one way street), then moved it up about 100 feet and back over to the left side of the road to park it. I can now officially say that I have driven in NYC!! and I can say that I've gotten a parking ticket in NYC, but that's nothing to brag about! : ) I am happy to say that I avoided the parking ticket the second time around!

Monday, April 20, 2009

4 months old

It's hard to believe, but Jonah is already 4 months old! Every moment has been such pure joy! Time has really flown,.... just like everyone has said it would.

Jonah had his 4 month check up today. He is healthy and growing 'like a weed'! His weight is now 15lbs 7oz., which is in the 75th percentile for his age, and his height is 26 1/2 inches, which is the 95th percentile for his age. His daddy already has plans for him to become a basketball player. At the appointment we discussed the introduction of oatmeal cereal into Jonah's diet... so I will probably be doing that in the next couple of days. I'll let you all know how it goes! : )

Jonah also got some immunizations today. He received one oral immunization and 3 injections. Ouch! He did cry when he got the shots, but as soon as I picked him up, he quit crying. Ahhh....soothing my crying baby, what a great feeling!
The pediatrician also believes that he's probably already in the beginning stages of teething. He is constantly gnawing on his fingers and hands and has been a bit more fussy than usual lately. So, this could be him getting ready for those first teeth to cut through. Since being home, I have given him infants' Tylenol and rubbed some baby oragel on his gums... he has taken a long nap since, so hopefully he will wake up bright eyed! The pictures I am uploading today are pictures of him the day after he turned 4 months old. Enjoy.

After the pediatrician appointment, Jonah and I walked back home, which is close to 20 blocks.... takes us about 25 minutes. We were in a hurry to get back because we had a little job that needed to be done. Unfortunately, we were unable to successfully accomplish this job! First, let me back up and give you a little background information........
As some of you know, Mark and I sold both of our cars before moving to NYC. So, we walk, ride the bus, subway or taxi everywhere we go. We currently have a rental car for the week. We have this rental car because this evening we will be leaving to drive to Meadville, Pennsylvania to attend the visitation and funeral from Mark's Grandmother, Lorraine. (As a side note, we are saddened by her death, but rejoice that she is now with her Creator and Savior in Heaven).

Well, because we have a rental car, we had to have somewhere to park it for about 24 hours before we leave for Meadville. Mark found a side street spot, which is free, but there is a catch.... on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-12:30pm you must move your car IF the street cleaner comes by. Well, what most people do is just go sit in their car for that hour and a half time block and wait to see if the street cleaner car comes. If the street cleaner car comes, you move your car over for a second, let it go by and then move back into your free parking spot.

Jonah's appointment took longer than it should have, so I was rushing to get to the rental car in order to move it IF the street cleaner car were to come by... well, I was late... and as I rounded the corner towards the car, the street cleaner car passed me. SO, we got a parking ticket! Uggh!If only I could have been there 5 minutes earlier, well, maybe 10 minutes earlier since it would have taken me several minutes to get Jonah's car seat in the car, the stroller collapsed and in the trunk and then myself into the car ready to drive. I was somewhat looking forward to this hypothetical experience because then I could have said that I drove in NYC for the first time (although it would've only been a 20 foot drive). Well, instead I can say that I got a parking ticket in NYC!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Easter Sunday

We had a lovely Easter Sunday at The Gallery Church in Manhattan. Of course, it was Jonah's first Easter. He was adorable in his Easter outfit. It was an extra special day for us because not only was it Easter Sunday, but it was also the day of Jonah's baby dedication. Here are a couple of pictures of Jonah on Easter Sunday in his adorable outfit (courtesy of my dear friend, Courtney).
While we were on the stage at church for his dedication, Jonah spit up onto Daddy's arm and the floor. Only seconds after Jonah spit up, Lillie (one of the other babies being dedicated) also spit up.... we suppose that after Lillie saw Jonah spit up, she just couldn't hold her's down anymore :)

My first blog

I have finally decided to create a blog. I have been reading others' blogs for sometime now and have enjoyed keeping up with friends and family that aren't so close by through their stories and pictures. I've decided it will be a good way for me to let my family and friends keep up with our lives in the big city. It will be a great way for us to share more about our day to day lives of living in NYC with a baby. I will do my best to update it as often as I can. For all those who might read this, ENJOY!